Call for papers


Submissions of papers on topics, as listed below, are invited. All submissions should be posted via the website.


Please click on the folowing link to submit your paper: Submit paper


Important Dates
Please note the following important dates for submission of papers:

  • Full paper submission - 18 May 2015
  • Short paper submission -18 June 2015


Full papers must contain the following:
Author's name, affiliation, postal and e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers. Authors are requested to ensure that these contact details are correct and it is your responsibility to ensure any changes are made available to the TPC Chair. If a submission is co-authored, the primary recipient of the correspondence should be clearly indicated. An oral presentation of 20 minutes will be allowed to successful students at the conference.

Work-in-Progress (WIP) papers must contain the following:
Author's name, affiliation, postal and e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers. Authors are requested to ensure that these contact details are correct and it is your responsibility to ensure any changes are made available to the TPC Chair. If a submission is co-authored, the primary recipient of the correspondence should be clearly indicated. An oral presentation of 15 minutes will be allowed to successful students at the conference, including time for questions and answers. If too many acceptable Work-in-Progress submissions are received, some might be invited to display their research through a poster session.

All full paper submissions should clearly indicate which topic and sub-topic they are addressing at the conference although the Technical Programme Committee (TPC) reserves the right to make changes.

Note that papers that do not comply with the prescribed formats and deadlines will not be considered for review.

Submissions should be posted via the website. Receipt of submissions will be confirmed. If you do not get a confirmation within 5 working days, please contact the TPC Chair, Stefan Scriba via email at The final deadline for submission of papers is 18 May 2015. Submission for the Work-in-Progress (WIP) papers is 18 June 2015. Instructions to the successful authors regarding the submission of their respective presentations will be sent separately.

The TPC reserves the right to alter any of the deadlines. Members of the Technical Programme Committee consisting of academics and leading industry players will review each paper. The TPC member list will be available on the website.


Technical Programme Categories and topics  
(Please note that the individual topics per paper category are meant to merely serve as examples and are not meant to be exhaustive)

1. Standards, Regulatory & Environmental

    • ICASA, Department of Communications, ITU, ETSI, IEEE, Various Forums, Facilities, Cabling, Aircon, Power, Alternative Energy, Energy Efficiency, Fuel Cells, Lightning Protection, Interference, Radio Spectrum Utilization and Management

2. Management

    • Consulting, Outsourcing, SLA, Contract Management, OSS, BSS, Processes, NGOSS, ITIL, TMN, ITSM, NSM, Planning Issues, Policy Based Management, Subscriber Management, Systems Integration, Security and Privacy, Optimizing P2P / CDN networks, Visualization, Simulation for management support

3. Converged Services

    • IMS, Voice, Video, Presence, Mobility, Speech Recognition and Synthesis, IN Services, Voice over IP (H.248, SIP, H.323), Application Services, The Digital Home, Connection Management & Control Protocols, Multimedia Services, Media Servers, Trunking Gateways, Signalling Gateways

4. Internet Services & End User Applications

    • Mobile Apps, Internet, E-commerce, M-commerce, Web2.0, Software Design, Cryptography, xHTML, XML, Java, Internet Trust, Internet Security, Internet Performance, Virtual Collaboration, Telecommuting, Pattern Recognition, Network Security

5. Limited Range Communications

    • Ad-hoc, Wireless Sensor, Emergency Services, Smart Grids, RFID, WiFi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, Broadband over Powerline, Customer Premise Equipment, NFC

6. Access Network Technologies

    • Radio Technologies, Mobile (GSM, Edge, 3G, HSPA, LTE, WiMAX), Satellite, Wireline, QoS, xDSL, Passive Optical Networks, Software Defined Radios, Radio Propagation Studies

7. Core Network Technologies

    • MPLS, Core IP Networks, TCP-IP, VPN, Metro Ethernet, Transport, ASTN, CWDM, DWDM, Optical, Network Topology (Mesh, Self-healing, Autoconfiguring), Dimensioning Rules

8. Data Centre & Cloud

    • VMWare for Virtualisation,  Desktop Virtualisation, Bring Your Own Device, Storage Area Networks, Web & Application Servers

Authors Notes

The following information is provided so that authors' papers can be successfully integrated to produce the conference proceedings with a consistent look and feel.
Questions and comments can be forwarded to:

Stefan Scriba
SATNAC 2015 TPC chair
Tel: 012 311 2686

Gys Booysen
Tel: 012 311 1952

The SATNAC 2015 TPC requires that the documentation is submitted in Acrobat (pdf) version 9 compatible with no password or protection enabled. 


  • All papers must be in English
  • Full papers must be no more than 6 pages including abstract and biographies. Papers shorter than 4 pages will not be considered as a full paper.
  • WIP papers must be no more than 2 pages including abstract and biographies.
  • All papers must start with an abstract of 250 words or less.
  • All papers must at least contain a biography of the principle author at the end of the document. Each biography is limited to 50 words and must not contain a photograph. The biography will also be used by session chairpersons to introduce the various presenters.
  • Paper size: A4
  • Margins:
    top 1.8cm
  • bottom 3.0cm
    left/right 1.5cm
  • Format: two-column format, including figures and tables. Spacing between columns should be 0.42cm
  • Font type: Times New Roman
  • Text size: 10 pt
  • Paper title: 20pt
  • Authors name(s): 11 pt
  • Heading 1: Times New Roman, 10 pt, Small Caps, centered, and numbered using uppercase Roman numerals.
  • Heading 2: Times New Roman, 10pt, Italic, left-justified, and numbered using an uppercase alphabetic letter, followed by a period
  • ¬†Heading 3: Times New Roman, 10pt, indented, in Italic, and numbered with an Arabic numeral, followed by a right parenthesis.
  • Line spacing should be 1
  • Do not number pages
  • Do not include a header/footer note
  • Figures and tables must be labelled with clear captions


The following MS Word template of the document structure, styles and layout should be used to prepare your paper.
download SATNAC MS Word Template (52KB)

Alternatively make use of the following documents if you prefer to us LATEX to prepare your paper:

download SATNAC LATEX Template (3KB) and downloadbib file (11KB)

Powerpoint Presentation

Please use the following powerpoint presentation template.

download SATNAC Powerpoint Template (ppt 577KB)


Formulas and Equations
All equations and formulas should be placed in text boxes or within the specific equation editor. This ensures that formatting, characters and layout are fixed.


Document Naming Conventions
In order to correctly identify and catalogue the paper, the document must be named using the following convention:

<Principle author name>.extension (e.g. Booysen.pdf)
If more than one document is submitted, please identify the documents with a unique integer value after the author's name
e.g. Booysen1.pdf, Booysen2.pdf


Do not password protect any files.

Paper Submission

Papers must be uploaded onto the online database and access will be through the the SATNAC website before the relative submission closing dates. All emails to the TPC chair must contain the word "SATNAC" in the subject header.


Confirmation on Receipt of Paper
The SATNAC 2015 TPC will acknowledge receipt of documentation within 5 working days of receiving the documentation. If no receipt is received in this period, please contact the TPC chair Stefan Scriba.


The Review Process
The SATNAC 2015 TPC will review papers based on criteria as described in the following documents:

download SATNAC Reviewers Form (pdf 16KB)

download SATNAC Reviewers Form Appendix (pdf 14KB)

Although reviewers will know the details of the authors when the paper evaluations are performed, their professional integrity will ensure a fair process. Each paper will be reviewed by at least 3 experts. However, if an author would like his/her paper to be reviewed "double blind" then a second version of the paper should be submitted with the necessary information stripped out but the paper must still retain the same physical format.


Important: The TPC reserves the right to send all the submissions to a plagiarism search engine.


All documentation received will be checked for viruses. However, it is the responsibility of the author to ensure that documents are free of viruses. Any document that is infected with a virus and cannot be recovered will be returned to the author, with a request that a clean copy be resubmitted.